Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme


 An awareness billboard put up on an island supported by a GEF SGP project. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2013.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) in the Maldives was launched in 2010, with US $ 150,000 in grant funds. In the current phase, US $ 1.2 million will be spent over four years (2011-2014). 

To date GEF SGP has funded 27 community based projects. These projects target diverse objectives including;

  • Conservation of endangered species such as marine turtles and sea birds, and restoration and protection of sensitive habitats such as mangroves, beaches and coral reefs.
  • Establishment of proper waste management in an effort to prevent pollution and degradation of these sensitive habitats
  • Switching from chemical intensive agriculture to organic and more sustainable methods
  • Piloting of renewable energy options and,
  • Promoting education, awareness raising and capacity building of civil society organisations and communities in the GEF focal areas.

Funded by the Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID), the SGP also delivers a specific grant component with the objective to improve the adaptive capacity of communities and to reduce their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. 

Our Work

 GEF SGP has worked on projects to introduce sustainable home based agriculture/floriculture to reduce POPs. Photo: Masrah Naseem/UNDP Maldives 2012.

Implementing projects in the environmental domain:

  • Initiate data base and inventory of sea turtle populations in Gaafu Alif Atoll
  • Low-cost solution to protecting shore-lines against erosion
  • Climate change related projects contribute to national carbon neutral policy
  • Reduce dependency on fossil fuels
  • Training of trainers (hydroponics, home gardening, solar energy, mangrove restoration, turtle conservation, climate change) for wider impact and outreach
  • Communication and awareness raising for a more informed and conscious population
  • SGP modality suited for the geographically dispersed archipelago and under the recent decentralised, local governance structure


GEF 2010 – 2011 : US$ 150 000
  2011 – 2013: US$ 800 000
AusAID 2012 – 2013 : US$ 120 000


YEAR 2012
GEF US$ 653,160

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